This week the children and all the staff enjoyed a day at the beach. It was lovely to be able to get out on a trip. The children did a variety of activities such as; rock pooling, sand portraits, sand castle building and splashing in the sea. Most of the children’s highlight of the day was catching crabs in the rock pools.
This week the children have done some fantastic portraits in art, following the style of some of Picasso's portraits. Out in the forest the children have been learning about different beetles and they also looked at how dung beetles roll up a ball of mud, which they then had a go at doing themselves. In DT this week we explored a variety of different materials, finding out how they were made. We learnt how to identify fabrics that are weaved, knitted, crocheted, knotted or where strands are pressed together. The pre-school children this week have concentrated on friendships and following instructions.
This week we have started new topics in a few of our subjects. In geography we have started to learn about ‘Our local area’. This week we looked at a local map and what some of the symbols on a map mean. In PSHE we are learning about relationships and we have started to look at our families. In art we are learning about portraits and how to draw a good portrait. In ICT we have been learning how to use a mouse. We have also been finding out ‘What makes a good reader’. In the forest this week the children have been learning about birds nest and how birds make their nests.
We have had a very busy end to the term this week. We started off the week by making Easter cards and baskets for Penmount Grange care home. We had a day of Easter activities where we started the day with an Easter egg hunt in the forest, did some Easter craft, had some egg and spoon races, made some chocolate crispies and had a party. I hope you all have a lovely Easter.
This week in art we looked at some sculptures and how we could recreate them using dough or other materials. In PSHE we continued to look at being healthy. This week it was all about how we keep ourselves clean and tidy. The children knew a lot about this but also learnt a few new things. In ICT the children have learnt how to use a basic paint programme and the different choices of colours and brushes they can use. They enjoyed creating their own pictures on the screen. We have enjoyed the lovely sunshine this week and we took the opportunity to get out into the forest and look for different spring flowers. On Thursday morning we found a surprise in our classroom! We have frogspawn, which is quickly changing into tadpoles. The children have already found this fascinating and many of the children saw some of the tadpole’s hatch. We look forward to watching them grow.
Yet another busy week in Little Foresters. In art the children enjoyed making 3D models of natural objects using clay. In maths the pre-school children have been practising counting lots of different objects and year 1’s have been learning how to find the mass of an object using balance scales. It was nice to be able to do a PE session out on the field for the first time this year and the children loved having the space to run. We have also been looking at the different flowers we can find in spring. We then collaged, drew and painted some daffodils.
What a wonderful week we have had. All the children have settled back into the school routine. This week the children have enjoyed catching up with each other and spending time playing with their friends. In PSHE this we have recapped our 3 classroom rules; We are kind, We look after our things and, We help each other tidy up. In history we learnt more about Alexander Graham Bell and we created a timeline of his life. In art we learnt about how we can use different tools and techniques to make impressions in dough. We were very lucky with the weather at the beginning of the week, where the children got to enjoy the new set up outside.
So, we have come to the end of home learning. A brilliant way to end this off was celebrating ‘World book day’. There have been some fantastic costumes this week during the live sessions and the children have enjoyed a variety of stories. We have also seen some fantastic vegetable characters. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday.
This week has been a short week but we have still fit a lot in. In history we have started to learn about Alexander Graham Bell and how he invented the telephone. Our topic in PSHE this half term is ‘Healthy me’. This week we have looked at what being healthy means. We look forward to book week next week. Don’t forget to make a vegetable into a character from a book.
This week we have focused on Chinese New Year. The children have created some lovely Chinese dragons and lanterns. We learnt about how the Chinese name the years after animals and the story that led to this. It was Safer Internet day this week and the theme this year was ‘An internet we can trust’ The children learnt about how not everything we read on the internet is true, how the internet isn’t owned by anyone which is why anything can be put on there, how not to ever give out any personal details on the internet and that if we ever find anything on the internet that we are not sure about that we should tell a trusted adult. In literacy this week the year ones have written some fantastic poems where they have used metaphors and rhyming couplets. Please encourage your children to have a break from screen use over the half term. Have a lovely half term.
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